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Leonie Barrie

Leonie BarrieBiography

Leonie Barrie joined just-style as managing editor 14 years ago, and during that time has been instrumental in steering the site's editorial content and direction. Under her leadership, just-style has raised its profile internationally, and today boasts a team of contributors around the world who provide a unique blend of up-to-the-minute news, research and analysis on the apparel and footwear industry and its supply chain.

An experienced business journalist with a background in fashion and textiles, Leonie has written extensively about global sourcing and production, technology, emerging markets, as well as retail, brand and marketing strategies. She has also interviewed industry leaders across the globe. As managing editor Leonie has travelled around the world to gain first-hand experience of the industry in various countries, and continues to deliver keynote speeches, chair roundtable and panel sessions at conferences, and write about the international apparel industry and the challenges and opportunities it faces. 

Columns by Leonie Barrie


just-style editor Leonie Barrie shares her thoughts on some of the top stories in the news.

Articles by Leonie Barrie

Q3 headwinds are likely to continue into the important holiday seasonOctober "a scary month" for US apparel retailers 29 October 2014

Unseasonably warm weather has been one of the major drags on US apparel retailers in October, but analysts believe the month overall has been "scary" with "relatively weak" sales and headwinds that are likely to continue into the all-important fourth quarter.

Raising the minimum wage "may have adverse effects on both welfare and efficiency"Raising the minimum wage may also reduce employment 29 October 2014

Minimum wages are among the most challenging - and divisive - issues in the apparel industry, yet very little is known about the impact that a raise can have on employment levels, especially in emerging markets.

There seems to be a lack of political will to push through government backed reforms in BangladeshVIEWPOINT: Government delays weigh on Bangladesh reforms 28 October 2014

The over-riding message from a review last week to look at ongoing efforts to improve worker rights and factory safety in Bangladesh's ready-made garment and knitwear industry seems to be that "a lot of work still remains to be done."

YuniquePLM adds line planning and development calendar 28 October 2014

Yunique Solutions has updated its product lifecycle management (PLM) solution to improve speed, efficiency and usability for the fashion and apparel industry.

Filippa K to evolve and expand with ERP 28 October 2014

Swedish fashion label Filippa K has deployed Infor's enterprise resource planning (ERP) system to help support its rapid growth and a shift in its business model.

Crystal Group steps up efforts in carbon monitoring 24 October 2014

Hong Kong based manufacturing giant Crystal Group has stepped up its efforts to disclose greenhouse gas emissions by becoming one of just two unlisted companies taking part in a climate change questionnaire.

Gerber Technology's AccuMark 10 to feature 3D capability 24 October 2014

Gerber Technology is preparing to launch a new version of its AccuMark garment development and pattern-making tool with integrated 3D visualisation of designs and corrections.

Living wage campaigns get underway in Africa 22 October 2014

Action plans are being developed in several African countries to push for living wages, with unions across the region agreeing to work towards this goal.

EU strikes trade deal with East African Community 22 October 2014

The European Union (EU) and five East African nations - including Kenya - have agreed a new comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) allowing duty-free exports between the two regions.

Down is one of the best performing materials for use in apparelH&M and The North Face commit to responsible down 21 October 2014

Leading international brands including H&M, Eddie Bauer, The North Face and Marmot have committed to using responsibly sourced and traceable down in their products.

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